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Facts about plastic bags:
- How long does it take for plastic bags to decompose? A plastic bag can take from 15 to 1,000 years to break down.
- The United States uses about 100 billion plastic bags per year, with the average person using between 350 and 500.
- Thanks to their light weight, plastic bags in landfills don’t always stay there. They are likely to fly away and can settle in trees, block storm drains, and clutter beaches.
- Plastic bags have a very negative impact in our environment.
Twelve million barrels of oil are used to manufacture the plastic bags consumed in the United States each year. On a smaller scale, you could drive a car a mile for the same amount of gasoline it takes to manufacture 14 plastic bags.
Why you should use our Tote Bags?
Though they seem small and light, plastic bags have a much larger environmental footprint than you may imagine, beginning with the energy required to make them. Twelve million barrels of oil are used to manufacture the plastic bags consumed in the United States each year, according to Waste Management Northwest. On a smaller scale, according to SPREP.org, you could drive a car a mile for the same amount of gasoline it takes to manufacture 14 plastic bags.
More than 100,000 marine animal deaths are caused each year when marine animals mistake plastic shopping bags in the ocean for food, according to SPREP.org. Plastic bags also get snagged in trees, and small animals can become trapped in them, leaving to even more wildlife deaths in the environment.
Enjoy strength and durability
Unlike plastic bags, reusable bags are unlikely to have their handle tear off or to develop a hole if the corner of a box or other sharp products press into them. Reusable bags are easier to use for both loading and unloading groceries, and your purchases are more likely to survive the trip to and from the store. Leaks are less likely to be a problem with reusable bags, and it’s easier to control where reusable bags have been and what germs they may carry.
Avoid recycling problems
Even where good intentions lead someone to recycle their plastic grocery bags, a lot of recycling equipment can’t handle the task, according to a 2016 Business Insider article. Bags get snagged on conveyors belts and wheels, clogging the machinery; they can be difficult to separate from other recycled products; or they end up drifting to other parts of the recycling plant — or even end up outside of the plant. The best option for recycling these bags is to take them to a specific drop-off center for plastic bags; these can sometimes be found at your local grocery store.
Because you canIf it’s hard to imagine life without plastic grocery bags, consider this: plastic grocery bags were introduced at grocery stores in 1977, according to Waste Management Northwest. Generations of people over thousands of years got along just fine using their own bags to carry their purchases home — and you can, too! When it comes to plastic bags vs. reusable bags, the choice is obvious.
There are many facts about plastic bags and how they impact our planet. But despite the damage they do to the environment, some people still haven’t given up their plastic bags, facts or no facts. At action-on.com, we believe that sustainability starts at home and that everyone should stand up for the environment.
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